New Jersey Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018


New Jersey may be a small state, but it still offers plenty for resident (and nonresident) hunters who venture into it’s wilderness. In the Garden State, you’ll find a bounty of wildlife to hunt, including deer, wild turkey, black bears and small game.

In recent years, New Jersey has increased its number of hunting days, totaling more than 100 days for hunters young and old to venture outside. And, the state’s size doesn’t mean it’s low on wildlife — during the 2014-2015 deer season, hunters bagged more than 52,000 deer.

If you’re interested in learning more about hunting regulations in New Jersey, visit the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife website for more information on licenses, permits and best practices.

Deer Seasons

Archery (Early Zones Only) Sept. 9
(Statewide) Sept. 30
(Permit Only) Oct. 28
(Winter Hunt) Jan. 1
Youth Archery Sept. 23
Youth Firearm Nov. 18
Firearm Dec. 4-9

New Jersey regulates deer hunting by zone. For more information on relevant regulations in your zone, visit the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife website.

Black Bear Seasons

Archery & Muzzleloader Oct. 9-14 (Archery Only)
Oct. 12-14 (Archery & Muzzleloader)
Firearm Dec. 4-9

Black bear seasons are offered to hunters on a permit basis. Permits can sell out quickly!


Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall Season Oct. 28-Nov. 4
Youth Hunt Apr. 21
Spring Season Apr. 23-May 25*

*Spring dates vary by hunting period.

Spring turkey hunting permits are awarded on a lottery basis. You must apply for a permit between January and February to be entered into the lottery. There is no lottery for the fall season.

Small Game Seasons

Bobwhite quail Closed due to quail decline
Opossum & Raccoon Oct. 2 to Mar. 1
Crow Aug. 14-Dec. 2
Dec. 11-Mar. 17
Woodchuck Mar. 1-Sept. 27
Rabbit, Hare & Jackrabbit Sept. 30-Dec. 30*
Jan. 1-Feb. 24
Pheasant & Partridge Nov. 11-Dec. 30*
Jan. 1-Feb. 19
Grouse Oct. 21-Dec. 30**
Squirrel Sept. 30-Dec. 30*
Jan. 1-Feb. 24

*Season closed statewide except at particular designated wildlife management areas.
**Season dates may vary by region.

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for New Jersey hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. Visit the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife for more information.